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Panthers welcome Tkachuk, the latest big move of the summer

Jul. 25, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The easiest thing for the Florida Panthers this summer would have been to maintain the status quo, especially after posting the NHL’s best record. The Panthers went a different way. Matthew Tkachuk was introduced Monday as the team's newest...

Devils thrilled to add Palat after missing out on Gaudreau

Jul. 15, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — While thrilled to have signed two-time Stanley Cup champion Ondrej Palat in free agency, Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald briefly felt star attraction Johnny Gaudreau would be returning to New Jersey. It didn't work out that way. “Johnny Hockey” chose...

Maurice took an unusual path to becoming Florida's coach

Jun. 23, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Paul Maurice’s journey toward becoming the new coach of the Florida Panthers included a fortuitous flick of the remote control, plus was aided by a college admissions department. He was watching games one night in January, a month or so after he stepped aside...

Paul Maurice hired as new coach of the Florida Panthers

Jun. 22, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Paul Maurice is the new coach of the Florida Panthers, agreeing on a deal Wednesday to take over a club coming off a season where it had the best record in the NHL and rewrote the franchise’s record book. The 55-year-old Maurice will be introduced Thursday...

Panthers' Joe Thornton says he's undecided on playing future

May. 25, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Thornton’s career may be over. Or not. The veteran center, who just completed his 24th season in the NHL and first with the Florida Panthers, said Wednesday that he has not decided whether to retire or continue playing. “My wife was kind...

For Panthers, regular season success didn't lead to Cup run

May. 24, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — There will be a Presidents’ Trophy banner hanging over the Florida Panthers’ home ice next season. The team’s media relations department will spend its summer rewriting the record book because tons of pages need updating. And the earliest that the Panthers will again...

Vasilevskiy, Lightning beat Panthers 2-0 in Game 4 for sweep

May. 24, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are running out of superlatives to describe Andrei Vasilevskiy's dominance. The reigning Conn Symthe Trophy winner delivered another stellar playoff performance for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions on Monday night, stopping 49...

Stamkos, Kucherov lead Lightning past Panthers 5-1 in Game 3

May. 22, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy is a not-so-secret key ingredient in the Tampa Bay Lightning's recipe for success in the playoffs. The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy recipient won his fifth straight postseason game Sunday, stopping 34 of 35 shots to help the two-time defending...

Panthers face challenge of back-to-back on brink of sweep

May. 22, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

While acknowledging the Tampa Bay Lightning are showing why they are back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, the Florida Panthers know the have only themselves to blame for going down 3-0 in the second round. It could be pop country artist Kane Brown's fault if their series ends less...

Two-time defending champion Lightning chasing NHL history

May. 21, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning don’t want to get ahead of themselves in their bid to become the first team in 40 years to win three consecutive Stanley Cup titles. The two-time defending champions are up 2-0 on the Presidents Trophy-winning Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference...